Abbey Road Studios documentary to be directed by Mary McCartney


Abbey Road Studios will be the subject of a new feature documentary from director Mary McCartney.

Mercury Studios, backed by Universal Music Group, are teaming up with famed documentary producer John Battsek, Ventureland, for the project “If These Walls Could Sing”.

The documentary marks the first time Abbey Road has opened its doors to a documentary and will be the centerpiece of the legendary studio’s 90th anniversary celebrations, which kick off in November. Billed as the studio’s untold story, the film will feature a star interview cast and intimate access to the premises.

Located in St. John’s Wood in North West London, Abbey Road Studios was opened in 1931 and has earned a reputation for revolutionary recording technology. Although it was initially used for classical recordings, its repertoire eventually expanded to include jazz, big band, and rock’n’roll. The Beatles recorded 190 of their 210 songs in the studio.

“If These Walls Could Sing” will be produced by Battsek following a new development agreement between Mercury Studios and Ventureland, recent credits of which include “Rising Phoenix” (Netflix), “Ready For War” (Showtime), ” AKA Jane Roe “(FX),” The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius “(ESPN) and” American Rapstar “(SXSW ’20).

Development of the document was overseen by Marc Robinson of Universal Music UK and Alice Webb, CEO of Mercury Studios, who will executive produce.

“Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from my time at Abbey Road,” said McCartney, the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda McCartney. “I have wanted to tell the story of this historic place for a long time and I couldn’t work with a better team than John and Mercury Studios to make this creative ambition a reality.”

Webb added, “Mercury Studios couldn’t partner with a more visionary and passionate team than Mary McCartney and John Battsek to tell the incredible story of Abbey Road Studios on film for the first time. We are passionate about the presentation. work from the highest quality pioneering filmmakers – which is why we are delighted that Mary is bringing her creative vision to this project.

Isabel Garvey, General Manager of Abbey Road Studios, said: “If these walls could sing. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard this at Abbey Road Studios over the years. I can’t wait for some of these stories to finally come to life in what will become a timeless documentary.


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